Winter Park High School - Pre-IB Programme

The WP Pre-IB Programme at Winter Park High School comprises a number of separate but connected strands which provide the essential building blocks required by students for successful preparation for the IB Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme.

Some of the core features of the curriculum consist of:

  • WP Pre-IB English
  • WP Pre-IB Bio
  • WP Pre-CAS
  • AP Human Geography
  • A Language Acquisition Course
  • Inquiry Skills

*The Winter Park High School Pre-IB Programme is designed by and for Winter Park High School and is not affiliated with the International Baccalaureate Organization.


FRESHMEN WP Pre-CAS Meeting Sign-ups

All WP Pre-IB students must participate in the WP Pre-CAS. Please bring your WP Pre-CAS Forms (filled out) with you to your appointment with Mrs. Cechman in Room 468.



Winter Park High School PRE-CAS Programme

WP Pre-IB Freshmen and Sophomores


CAS stands for Creativity, Activity, and Service.

CAS Strands:

· Creativity - exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance

· Activity - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle

· Service - collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need

The CAS process encourages student engagement in activities as individuals and as a part of a team that take place in local, national and international contexts. Creativity, activity, and service enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development as well as their social and civic development, through experiential learning, lending an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP). It should be both challenging and enjoyable - a personal journey of self-discovery that recognizes each student's individual starting point.

As a means to give our WP Pre-IB students a taste of the Diploma Programme CAS component we are offering a WP Pre-CAS programme over their freshmen and sophomore year. WP Pre-IB students will engage in WP Pre-CAS by completing approximately 20 TO 25 hours SERVICE each year.  These hours should count towards Florida Bright Futures too.  Students will also complete approximately 5 to 10 hours CREATIVITY in one of the years and completing 5 to 10 hours of ACTIVITY in the other year. This will provide the freshmen and sophomores the opportunity to experience all three CAS components (creativity-activity-service) over their freshmen and sophomore years.


What does the WP Pre-CAS Programme involve?

· Real, purposeful activities, which meet one or more of the learning outcomes.

· Personal challenge --- tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope.

· Students use the WP Pre-CAS stages (planning, preparation, action, and reflection) to guide experiences and projects.

· Provide evidence and reflection on your experience and outcomes


Even though counting hours is not part of the WP Pre-CAS programme, logging hours is one of the more prominent pieces of evidence and a needed component of the State of Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship. WP Pre-IB students are expected to log approximately 20 to 25 hours each year for a total of approximately 40 to 50 combined hours over their freshmen and sophomore years.


Possible Examples:

· Creativity - Items created/design by you, however not art/music assigned in class at school

· Activity – Sports or activities you participate in throughout the year

· Service – Activities that help your local community (places you volunteer)


So now what?

  1. In 9th and 10th grade, you will complete approximately 20-25 hours of service each year.
  2. In addition, you will pick to complete 5 to 10 hours of CREATIVITY OR ACTION your freshmen year, and then 5-10 hours your sophomore year for the other one.
  3. This gives you the opportunity to experience all three CAS components over 2 years.
  4. You begin by gathering information on your selected activities to plan your events and identify the possible evidence you can use to demonstrate the WP Pre-CAS Learning Outcomes during your events.
  5. Spend the school year (August to August) on your Pre-CAS events
  6. Document your events on the appropriate forms
  7. At the conclusion of your event, you will complete a reflection on the chosen strands. Your reflection should:
    1. Establish how you will initiate and plan for your WP Pre-CAS experience
    2. Identify your own strengths and areas where you need to improve
    3. Explain the commitment it takes to complete your WP Pre-CAS experience
    4. PLEASE use the specific reflection sheet for each WP Pre-CAS strand.
    5. You can download these from the WPHS Pre-IB website BELOW

* WP Pre-CAS should never affect your classes and school work

**In school/class activities, assignments and products cannot be used for WP Pre-CAS, especially Creativity

Service can address one or more of the following social concerns and should be part of a non-profit organization.

  • SERVICE TO YOUTH: Provide leadership, guidance, and activities for the youth in your community. Ex: collect toys for holidays, volunteer at hospitals.
  • QUALITY OF LIFE: Work towards improving the standard of living for the residents of your community. Ex: food collection drives, Humane Society dog wash, animal food collection.
  • SERVICE TO SENIOR CITIZENS: Provide opportunities for senior citizens to enhance independent living or assist with promoting a quality life. Ex: assist with reading and writing letters, provide entertainment like BINGO games, food collection, grocery shopping.
  • HEALTH/SAFETY: Volunteer services to promote the health, welfare and safety of the residents of your community. Ex: Relay for Life, March of Dimes, and disaster relief
  • DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED AND/OR PHYSICALLY DISABLED: Volunteer your services in an effort to improve and enrich the lives of the mentally and physically disabled. Ex: Special Olympics, assist in group homes, collect toys, art supplies.
  • ENVIRONMENT/HISTORICAL PRESERVATION: Volunteer your services to promote and encourage the preservation of the environment and/or the protection of historical sites. Ex: community beautification projects, beach clean-up, museums, historical research.
  • ARTS/CULTURE: Volunteer your services to encourage the growth of the arts in your community. Ex: help with gallery exhibitions, auctions, creative art camp, usher at fundraising performances.



• A Gift for Teaching
• Horses for the Handicapped
• American Cancer Society/Relay for Life
• Hospitals
• American Red Cross
• Humane Society
• Assisted Living Facilities
• Love Letters Care
• Best Buddies
• Orlando Science Center
• Ronald McDonald house
• Boys Club/Girls Club
• Russell Home
• Clean Up the World
• Salvation Army
• Volunteer bands/orchestra/chorus
• ESPN Wide World of Sports www.espnwwos.com/volunteer-opportunities
• Soup Kitchens
• Second Harvest Food Bank
• Habitat for Humanity (check with your counselor FIRST for approval)
• Handsonorlando.com
• Hospice

EXAMPLES OF VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES (That DO NOT count as service learning):
• Washing your elderly neighbor’s car or mowing his lawn
• School or club group car washes and fund raisers
• Babysitting for your neighbor
• Working in your parent’s store or business
• Helping your pastor at your church with personal errands
• Church activities that benefit only the members of the church
• Volunteer band/orch/chorus practices (could possibly count as creativity or activity [marching band])

Community Service Opportunities in Winter Park and Orlando


Freshmen Pre-CAS expectations:
1. 20 to 25 hours of Service
2. 5 to 10 hours of Creativity OR Activity....not both

Sophomore Pre-CAS Expectations:
1. 20 to 25 hours of Service
2. 5 to 10 hours of Creativity OR Activity....the one you did not do as a freshmen, and again not both

***Rule of thumb - Pre-CAS should never adversely affect your academics

Summary of submitting SERVICE Pre-CAS hours 

1. Service: will be submitted to your counselor. 
2. What to turn in to your counselor for your SERVICE hours:

-OCPS Community Service Guideline form - follow link 
Corresponding Service reflection sheet - see below

Summary of submitting Creativity and Activity Pre-CAS hours 

Creativity and Activity are submitted
-Planning sheet
-any hours log
-Corresponding Creativity/Activity reflection sheet - see below

Forms to Download 

OCPS Community Service Guidelines Form

This form is REQUIRED for all Service hours. 
We must have this form to count your service towards Bright Futures
DO NOT use this form for "C" and "S"

Creativity and Activity
Planning Sheet
THIS FORM IS submitted to Ms. Cechman in 9th grade and Mr. Disney in 10th grade.
You must have one of these for each Pre-CAS event

A Pre-CAS event can be a one day, one time event, or a repeating event over a period of time.

WP Pre-CAS Creativity Reflection Sheet

WP Pre-CAS Activity Reflection Sheet

WP Pre-CAS Service Reflection Sheet